4 Plants That Attract Fluttering and Friendly Wildlife

by Ashley MillerJune 29, 2018

Creating an outdoor space that will attract hummingbirds, butterflies, and other wildlife is a great way to use your garden to help the environment. Using plants that attract these natural pollinators will help to keep the ecosystem strong in providing enough nectar to these important species. Check out these plants that attract fluttering and friendly wildlife that you can grow in your own backyard.

Bee Balm

This beautiful flower is a great way to attract hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden. The flashy flowers provide a great stop for nectar for these friendly wildlife creatures. Make sure to plant bee balm near a window or in an area of your garden that you can easily see all of the activity that it will create. Bee balm reaches its peak flower production during the summer and planting it in a spot that gets afternoon shade will help keep the flowers around for a longer amount of time.

As mentioned in the name itself, bee balm will also attract bees so make sure to not aggravate any bees that stop by to gather nectar from the plant itself. Bee balm is a part of the mint family and tends to spread out year after year creating even more areas for fluttering activity.


The leaves of the milkweed are the only food that monarch butterflies need to survive, making this plant a vital player in the ecosystem. This large weed-like plant offers delicate white blooms and is a natural home for butterfly larvae that will cocoon under the leaves of the plant. Encourage passing butterflies to visit your garden by placing milkweed in different spots of your outdoor living space.

Milkweed doesn’t get too tall, so planting it along a border is a great option. Milkweed does best in a moist garden environment and don’t be surprised when you see a lot of activity around the plant each spring.


This heat tolerant favorite produces many beautiful blooms that come in a wide variety of colors. Petunias can be placed in pots, hanging baskets, or in a garden bed and will grow well in dry to average soil conditions. Wave petunias are a special variety that will quickly spread and can become great ground cover. The multiple blossoms on just one petunia plant will attract a variety of wildlife like butterflies and hummingbirds. The blossoms mature and then die away while another blossom grows in its place, making this flower variety a favorite for beautiful blooms all season long. These blooms that never seem to end will create a steady stream of fluttering activity to the plant in order to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous butterflies and hummingbirds that will stop by for a drink.


These large flowers are a summer staple in many areas and their abundance of seeds will attract a large amount of birds to frequent your garden. Sunflowers are best planted at the back of a gardenscape due to their large size and heavy features. Grow a few sunflowers together to add a punch of bright yellow color to the corner of the garden. Planting a patch of sunflowers will attract a lot of fluttering activity once the flowers go to seed as well. The flowers will bloom and then the middle of each sunflower will turn to seed providing an important resource to area birds.

The beauty of plants that attract fluttering wildlife is that they all produce flowers that provide the important nectar needed to keep the environment strong. Planting a few milkweed and bee balm plants will easily attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden, and allow bees to visit as well, without disrupting their work. Sunflowers will attract a multitude of different birds while petunias will add bright color and attract a wide range of pollinators. Use any of these plants in your outdoor living space to create a beautiful and busy environment full of all of these fluttering friends.

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Ashley Miller
Ashley Miller is a home decor and lifestyle writer who cures her HGTV obsession by refurbishing anything and everything she can get her hands on into something new.